A Brief Overview of Our Renovations
Over the first 30 years of business since our opening on New Year’s Eve in 1956, The Manor was in a constant state of growth and change, being expanded and refined with it’s success from a small, three-room restaurant to what it is known as today. The early adage came to be that “There’s always something new at The Manor.”
Recently, The Manor has embarked on a new era of growth and change, undertaking an extensive multi-year, multi-phase revitalization project. Continuing to build upon our success, this multi-million dollar endeavor has included an array of upgrades, renovations, and changes to the physical structure of the building. As many of our guests have already experienced, the early phases of this ambitious initiative included a completely new foyer and lobby, enlarging and redesigning the aesthetics and physical structure of these spaces, making them more airy, open and welcoming. The entire first floor lobby ceiling was removed, which required significant structural changes to the roof supports and the removal of a second floor event space, all to establish a grand, two-story first impression for our guests.
Other initiatives included the complete gutting of portions of the building to allow for the creation of all-new, spacious men’s and ladies lounges with modern amenities and the luxurious feel for which The Manor is known.
Efforts of the earlier phases of our improvements also included significant structural redesign work to install an entirely new elevator system and the creation of spaces that offer easier accessibility for our guests of all abilities.
Additional structural enhancements as well as changes to service areas of the building were made to help further improve the quality of care that we deliver to our guests.
The Manor has also recently completed the construction of an entirely new rooftop ballroom as well as a pre-function space that is set atop the building and seamlessly blended into our existing architecture. Our goal was to provide our guests with another distinctive choice to the varied options of our already existing event spaces. We have filled the room with floor-to-ceiling windows, making use of our unique vantage point to overlook our grounds, our grand waterfall, and the 407-acre Eagle Rock Reservation in the neighboring South Orange and Montclair area. This light-bathed room highlights the many hand-crafted, natural elements and design details painstakingly sourced from some of the best artisans in their fields. When completed, this finely-detailed space will open to an outdoor rooftop patio for even more grand views. With countless hours of research, consultation, design, and development stemming from the close collaboration of the Knowles family and a talented array of tradesmen, we are constructing the rooms with the depth of quality and attention to craftsmanship befitting The Manor. Keri Knowles in particular, a third-generation member of the family business, has adeptly spearheaded the project management of the second phase of the complex renovation project, overseeing every aspect of its planning and implementation. The level of effort to make these spaces distinctive is a continuation of our mission to provide a setting that is more than just an event space, but an authentic, sophisticated experience that enriches the quality of special moments enjoyed by our guests.
Even further plans for continued refinements and upgrades throughout our historic, sprawling manor building are in the process of being implemented, which will soon include significant enhancements to The Dome, our popular after-hours lounge and dance space.
We are endeavoring to continue to improve upon our tradition of excellence and provide new luxuries to our guests, as well as hone and evolve the aesthetic that has earned The Manor the level of success that has made these ambitious changes possible.
As we carry on with refinements to the beauty of our venue and offer new spaces with experiences for our guests, our expectation is that upon return visits, you will continue to find “something new at The Manor.”